Originally Posted by wojtek
Ken - I've been wondering.
You've been quite pessimistic in these SED threads.
I am just trying to understand - no disrespect - how much of your pessimism is based on the understandable doubt about the new, unproven technologies (like SED), and how much is based on the fact that if SED will be all that it promises to be, you'll have to throw both your (expensive) Fujitsus out the window?
It's not so much that I'm pessimistic about SED, but I'm trying to throw some reality in to the mix here. Some are proclaiming that SED has already won the war, trounced LCDs, trounced plasmas and trounced any other imaging technology ever invented. Some are essentially saying why are the other manufacturers even bothering
continuing with other technologies. It's this kind of talk that demands a couterpoint. AVS is about sharing ideas and sometimes misinformation can run rampant. I can't tell you how many threads we've seen over the years proclaiming that all other technologies should just cease and desist since the latest & greatest technology de jour was about to knock all other contenders out of the box. It never happened.
I hope that SED is all it's cracked up to be! I've never been known for turning my back to a technology I knew was superior. It happened when I saw plasmas relative to my big HD RPTV. I could have ignored it, but my eyes couldn't lie. But here's what I consider to be the simple truth about SEDs as we know it today:
* We don't know how bright these displays will be and whether they will be a viable 'bright ambient room' display like LCDs. Advantage unknown.
* We know they will have reflective screen surfaces just like CRTs and plasmas. No advantage relative to plasmas and disadvantage relative to LCDs.
* We know they are supposed to offer superior blacks relative to plasmas. That's surely a plus. Advantage SEDs.
* We know they will be prone to burn-in just like plasmas, just like CRTs. No advantage relative to plasmas and a disadvantage relative to LCDs.
* We know they will more than likely be more expensive than similarly sized competing technologies. Disadvantage SED.
* We know they will be initially limited in size. For me 55" offers nothing. I currently have a 50" plasma and would never switch for a mere 5". I'm looking for 65"....something more cinematic. Disadvantage SED.
* We have no idea what the reliability or lifetime issues are with SEDs. Potential disadvantage SEDs.
* How about mass production efficencies/inefficiencies? Unknown and concerning.
* All of this assumes that plasmas and other technologies will come to a screeching halt in further development between now and when SEDs become common. A very very foolish assumption when we already know that Pioneer has announced a new breakthough in reduced black levels on plasmas....a patent that is apparently shared with Panasonic. If this pans out, IMO, the major advantage of SED is gone....in an instant!
So you see, this is far far from a black & white issue (sorry for the bad pun). As it stands now, the only advantage I see is that of the superior blacks. Beyond that I simply see nothing to be excited about....certainly not size, certainly not lifespan, certainly not reflections, certainly not burn-in.
Oh yes, and as to the Fujitsu being the 'same dreck' as other plasmas or plasmas in general, we couldn't disagree more....simply not possible!